Dennis T. Avery has been a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute since 1989. Prior to that, he
was a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of State (1980–1988), where he won the National
Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983. He also holds outstanding performance awards from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Avery currently writes a weekly column on environmental issues which is distributed to
newspapers throughout the country. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal,
Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Des Moines
Register, and dozens of other newspapers. He has also been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The
National Journal, and in The Atlantic Monthly (“Will Frankenfoods Save the Planet?” [October
Avery’s book Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of
High-Yield Farming was first published in 1995, with a second edition in 2000.
The inspiration for the book came when Avery wrote a 1998 article in Hudson’s American
Outlook magazine titled “Global Warming: Boon for Mankind?” The article noted that “the
Medieval Warming was one of the most favorable periods in human history. Crops were
plentiful, death rates diminished, and trade and industry expanded—while art and architecture
flourished.” The article was later condensed in The Reader’s Digest (August 1999).
He lives on a small farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, Anne.